Purdon Conservation Area

Want to See 10 000 Orchid Blooms? Spend A Day At Purdon Conservation Area

Visiting the Purdon Conservation Area (near Ottawa) is a great way to improve your mental and physical health: take your kids on self-guided hikes through an uplands (hardwood) forest and see a real Canadian beaver pond. Enjoy “extreme” birding along the boardwalk of a rare Fen wetland and see endangered species regenerating, like the tree-kissing Woodpecker and butternut trees.

For 3 weeks in June, you’ll even get to see Joe Purdon’s  legacy, and an inspiring example of fostering growth on your land: the famous fen of Showy Lady’s Slipper Orchids.  Purdon discovered a small cluster of native orchids in the 1930s and grew the colony to over 16 000 blooms. His generous deed teaches the importance of nourishing the land to improve life for residents who arrive after you.

How Do Your Actions And Lifestyle Influence Your Watershed?

Attend the next Landowner Information Session and learn how to help MVCA improve the health of your local watershed.

Visitor Details:

From the end of Spring to the beginning of Fall, the Purdon Conservation Area (Ontario) is open Dawn till Dusk, Monday through Sunday.

  • Free parking.
  • Admission by donation.
  • Fully accessible boardwalk, washroom, parking and picnic area.
  • Check out the complete list of amenities  or get an overview of Purdon’s terrain and trails with this printable Purdon Conservation Area Trail Map.

For questions about your visit or to volunteer your time at Purdon, contact info@mvc.on.ca or call (613) 253.0006.